22 Movies Featuring Women We’re Excited to See in 2015

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In many ways, 2014 was a landmark year for women in film. But don’t expect to see a ton of progress for women in Hollywood this year: of the 100 wide-release movies scheduled for this year, only seven are directed by women. Still, studios are finally beginning to recognize that making movies that tell women’s stories and draw female audiences is just a good business decision. Here are 22 movies made by or starring women that we’re excited to see this year.

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Honoree Tina Fey (L) and actress Amy Poehler attend ELLE's 21st Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel on October 20, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.Michael Buckner—Getty Images for ELLE

Penned by former Saturday Night Live writer Paula Pell, Sisters reunites Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. The two comedians play adult siblings who decide to throw one last house party before their parents sell their childhood home.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

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The final installment in The Hunger Games franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence as a girl leading a revolution in a dystopian society is set to premiere in November.

Mistress America

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Actress Greta Gerwig attends The 11th Annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards at Spring Studios on November 3, 2014 in New York City.Gary Gershoff—WireImage

The latest film from writer/director Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha, The Fantastic Mr. Fox) will premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Mistress America, starring Greta Gerwig and Lola Kirke, focuses on a lonely college freshman whose life is shaken up by her adventurous soon-to-be stepsister.

Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of GreyUniversal Pictures

Love it or hate it, the twisted love story of Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) and Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) is headed to the big screen just in time for Valentine’s Day. Fifty Shades of Grey will be the first blockbuster in recent memory to be based on a book by a woman (E.L. James), adapted into a screenplay by a woman (Kelly Marcel) and directed by a woman (Sam Taylor-Johnson).


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Amy Schumer attends the Glamour 2014 Women Of The Year Awards at Carnegie Hall on November 10, 2014 in New York City.Dimitrios Kambouris—2014 Getty Images

Amy Schumer is taking her talents to the big screen. The writer and star of Emmy-nominated Inside Amy Schumer has penned the comedy Trainwreck, which will be directed by Judd Apatow and star a slew of celebs, including herself, Bill Hader, Daniel Radcliffe, Brie Larson, Tilda Swinton and even LeBron James.


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Actress Halle Berry attends the 2014 God's Love We Deliver Golden Heart Awards at Spring Studios on October 16, 2014 in New York City.Gilbert Carrasquillo—FilmMagic

Move over Liam Neeson. In this October action movie, Halle Berry plays a mom who will stop at nothing to recover her kidnapped son.



Following the success of Maleficent last year, Disney is doubling down on its live-action retelling of classic fairytales. Lily James (Downton Abbey), Helena Bonham Carter and Cate Blanchett bring Cinderella to life this March.

Pitch Perfect 2

Pitch Perfect 2Universal Pictures

Pitch Perfect won millions of teen fans in 2012 with its warmhearted messages of sisterhood and song. First-time director Elizabeth Banks (who had a small part in the original film) will helm the sequel, which stars returning Barden Bellas Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson, along with some new faces.

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Lupita Nyong'o arrives for the 2014 Glamour Women of the Year Awards in New York November 10, 2014.Timothy A. Clary—AFP/Getty Images

12 Years a Slave star Lupita Nyong’o is set to have a huge 2015: Not only is she appearing in the new Star Wars and Jungle Book movies, she will also star in and produce (along with Brad Pitt’s Plan B productions) Americanah. In the movie based on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel of the same name, she and Selma standout David Oyelowo will play young Nigerian immigrants making their way in America.



Following in the footsteps of Jennifer Lawrence and Shailene Woodley, Britt Robertson will star as the female heroine in this science fiction flick with big blockbuster potential. She and George Clooney play an unlikely duo who unearth the secrets of a place called Tomorrowland.

The Intern

Actress Anne Hathaway attends a screening of 'Song One' at the 26th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Film - Day 3 Film Screenings & Events on January 4, 2015 in Palm Springs, California.Vivien Killilea

Nancy Meyers (Something’s Gotta Give, It’s Complicated) is back with yet another comedy that riffs on age and professional women. The Intern, starring Anne Hathaway, Robert De Niro and Rene Russo, follows an older intern working at a fashion website.


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Actresses Rose Byrne and Melissa McCarthy joke onstage at the 84th Annual Academy Awards on February 26, 2012 in Hollywood, California.Robyn Beck—AFP/Getty Images

Following the success of The Heat, Melissa McCarthy is teaming up with Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat) again to make the action comedy Spy about a CIA analyst who goes undercover to infiltrate the world of arms dealers after her partner goes M.I.A. The film stars McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Jason Statham and Jude Law.

Jane Got a Gun

Natalie Portman in Jane Got a GunUnanimous Entertainment

Natalie Portman’s female western, Jane Got a Gun, has been plagued by delays. After rotating through two directors, three villains, three release dates and a lawsuit, the film produced by and starring Portman is set to premiere in September.

By the Sea

US actress and special UN envoy Angelina Jolie (L) and her husband US actor Brad Pitt attend the fourth day of the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in London on June 13, 2014.Carl Court—AFP/Getty Images

This drama, written and directed by Angelina Jolie, will reunite the actress and now-husband Brad Pitt for the first time since 2005’s Mr. & Mrs. Smith. By the Sea looks like a much quieter film for the couple, who will star as a married dancer and a writer traveling France in the 1970s in hopes of saving their marriage.

Don’t Mess With Texas

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Reese Witherspoon at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 3, 2015 in Palm Springs, California.C Flanigan—Getty Images

Reese Witherspoon seems to be unstoppable as a producer. Riding the success of Gone Girl and Wild, Witherspoon will produce and star in Don’t Mess With Texas. In the movie, directed by The Proposal and Step Up vet Anne Fletcher, Witherspoon plays an uptight cop trying to protect the widow of a drug boss (Sofia Vergara) from murderers.

Inside Out

Inside OutDisney Pixar

Pixar’s first attempt at a female-centric animated film, Brave, was a critical letdown. But hopefully an all-star cast that includes Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling and Bill Hader will liven up this summer’s Inside Out, which explores the emotions inside the head of a young girl named Riley.


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Actress Emily Blunt attends the "Edge Of Tomorrow" red carpet repeat fan premiere tour at AMC Loews Lincoln Square on May 28, 2014 in New York City.Jim Spellman—WireImage

After wowing opposite Tom Cruise in the sci-fi war flick Edge of Tomorrow last year, Blunt will star in her own action thriller. In Sicario, she plays a young FBI agent that joins a secret CIA operation to take down a cartel. Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro also star in the film.

Z for Zachariah

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Margot Robbie attends the Harper's Bazaar Women Of The Year awards 2014 at Claridge's Hotel on November 4, 2014 in London, England.David M. Benett—2014 David M. Benett

One of the most anticipated movies premiering at Sundance is Craig Zobel’s adaptation of the psychological thriller Z for Zachariah, based on the book of the same name. Margot Robbie, breakout star from The Wolf of Wall Street, will play a woman who believes she is the only survivor of a nuclear attack until she encounters two other men, played by Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Pine.

The Last 5 Years

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Pitch Perfect 2 isn’t the only musical starring Anna Kendrick that comes out in 2015. In The Last 5 Years, a film adaptation of the successful off-Broadway musical that premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2014, Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan play an actress named Cathy and a novelist named Jamie. The story of their five-year relationship is told from two different perspectives: Cathy’s in reverse chronological order and Jamie’s in chronological order.

Sleeping with Other People

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Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie filming Leslye Headland's "Sleeping With Other People" on July 8, 2014 in New York City.Steve Sands—GC Images

Leslye Headland, who directed Bachelorette, will premiere her next film, Sleeping With Other People at Sundance. In the movie, Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie star as Jake and Lainey, friends who lose their virginity to each other in college. The pair meets again 12 years later and realize they have both become serial cheaters and form an unlikely friendship as they one another in a quest to find healthy romantic relationships.

Lila & Eve

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Honorees Jennifer Lopez (L) and Viola Davis attend the 2014 Variety Power of Women presented by Lifetime at Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons on October 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.Michael Buckner—2014 Getty Images

Another high-profile Sundance picture stars Jennifer Lopez and Viola Davis as two mothers who, after the police fail to catch the people who gunned down both their children in a drive-by shooting, team up to find a way to avenge their deaths.

Jupiter Ascending

Jupiter AscendingWarner Bros.

Lana and Andy Wachowski, the sibling duo behind the The Matrix trilogy, wrote, produced and directed Jupiter Ascending. The science-fiction movie centers on a janitor (Mila Kunis) who is told by an interplanetary warrior (Channing Tatum) that she is actually alien royalty.

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